Friday, May 30, 2014

Prize watch: Macdonald Prize to Daschuk's Clearing the Plains

The John A. Macdonald Prize this year is much about the villainy of John A. Macdonald:  James Daschuk's Clearing the Plains.  Coverage from CBC News here.  From the Canadian Historical Association citation here:
In this sweeping and disturbing account, James Daschuk chronicles the role that epidemic disease, global trade, the changing environment and government policy had on the lives of Aboriginals living on the Canadian Plains from the early eighteenth century to the end of the nineteenth. Daschuk skilfully draws on ethnohistory, medical history, environmental history, economic history and political economy to present a compelling overall analysis. 

Complete list of winners of CHA prizes here.- as awarded at the CHA sessions at Brock University this week.
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